The Importance of Mold Testing, and How to Request Service
Mold is a problem in your home that cannot be taken lightly. Left untreated, it will grow and spread, contaminating the air and potentially leading to health issues that range from allergies to respiratory distress and even nerve damage. Especially young children and the elderly can be adversely and potentially seriously affected by the spores. That’s what makes mold testing such an important step in keeping your home clean and safe. It allows you to understand whether you have any issues, and what type of mold is growing – which in turn can help you understand the urgency of remediation. Credible mold testing professionals allow you to get peace of mind that no one in your home is in danger.
Our mold testing service can help you get to that point. First, though, it’s important to understand the nuances of mold testing: when you need it, its advantages, and how to get started.
The Advantages of Mold Testing
Let’s start by talking about why your home might need to get testing and sampling done, to begin with. A number of advantages point homeowners towards requesting a professional inspection or taking a test sample themselves:
- Testing helps you understand the level of mold contamination in your home, potentially leading to further investigations on where the spores might be growing.
- Figure out what type of mold is present in your home, determining the level of urgency with which remediation should occur.
- Allows you to make sure that after remediation you have not disturbed previously unknown spores and released more of them into the air.
- Find the best way to remediate the problem by giving professionals all the details they need to know about mold growth in your home.
When Do You Need Mold Testing Done?
Given these benefits, testing for mold should be a natural step anytime you suspect mold growth. At the same time, you can also look for more specific signs that tell you whether or not it makes sense to bring in a professional for the job, For instance, you might feel your house feeling musty and moist at all times, but especially during wet weather days. It’s an early sign of mold growth and one that deserves further investigation. Testing the air helps you understand whether it’s just a side-effect of the weather or previously unknown spore growth. Another reason to test for mold in your home is a recent water leak or burst pipe, two of the most common causes of spore growth. The mold may be under your floors or in your ceiling, invisible to the eye. Testing the air helps you find it regardless. In some cases, unexplained health issues (such as allergy symptoms that haven’t previously been present or do not occur during allergy season) could be cause for testing just to make sure your home isn’t the reason for these symptoms.
The EPA recommends against testing mold that is already visible to the eye in most cases. That’s because in this case, remediation is necessary either way, and the process doesn’t change depending on the type of mold. That said, most cases do imply some exceptions to the rule.
Most notably, testing can help you determine the urgency of mold removal. While you need to get rid of the problem, either way, toxic mold may make that process an emergency to keep everyone in your home safe.
What You Need to Know About the Process
The process is actually pretty simple. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors,
Air samples can be used to gather data about mold spores present in the interior of a house. These samples are taken by using a pump that forces air through a collection device which catches mold spores. The sample is then sent off to a laboratory to be analyzed. InterNACHI inspectors who perform mold inspections often utilize air sampling to collect data, which has become commonplace.
While the nuances change depending on the circumstances and professionals on the job, the general process remains the same. The spores need to be analyzed to identify the exact type of mold. Mold is almost everywhere, and every home has at least a small level of it. This type of test can also measure its intensity and thus help you gain valuable information about the level of infection in your home.
DIY vs. Professional Mold Testing
Many homeowners read the above and go to the hardware store to buy their own mold testing device. Most professionals and organizations recommend that for a number of reasons:
- The results tend to be inaccurate because the equipment is not advanced enough to go in-depth on the analysis.
- Even if accurate, the results can be difficult to interpret, and usually, need a professional to interpret them accurately.
- Home tests can pick up on mold even if the presence is low enough to be in the acceptable range.
- Home tests cannot tell you exactly where the mold is present, giving you little indication of where to remediate.
- Comprehensive tests should include a visual inspection of the surface area in addition to the actual sample analysis.
All of the above are reasons why the EPA states that
Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in mold-sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results.
How to Get Started
Mold testing can be an important part of keeping your home safe and clean, but home tests are not the answer. Put simply, saving some money is not the right incentive and will not outweigh the risks of an inaccurate, partial test that doesn’t actually give you the answers you need.
Instead, you need a professional mold inspection. Fortunately, our services can help you get started. Our professionals use the right products and processes to make sure that the inspection is thorough and accurate, giving you everything you need to move towards remediation. Talk to us today to schedule a test, or simply learn more about the importance of mold testing in most homes today.